The First Woodpecker Lesson (Part 1): A Life Drama
Objective: Students compare characters and situations in drama to situations and people in real life. Students combine the primary drama tools to create character and setting.
Mythic stories appeal to all ages. This story of "The First Woodpecker," based on Native American myth, is a powerful lesson about respecting societal law and assisting others within a community. The drama places the students in role in an early Native American setting where they play members of a tribe faced with a great dilemma (part of the third grade objectives). A brief history of the Mandan Tribe is included for your reference. Review our tips for No Denial of Creation (helpful in a Life Drama) to improve the imagination and teamwork of the group. We included suggestions for integrating both Social Studies and Language Arts in the lesson. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Third Grade Curriculum.
To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Third Grade Curriculum.